Friday, June 19, 2009

Friday, June 12, 2009

why is this happening to me?

Have you ever asked that question? Recently?

Okay, I thought this was just too cute not to post. Enjoy!

Tuesday, June 09, 2009

10 stupid things that keep churches from growing

  1. leaders do it all - instead, give away ministry; let others do what God created them to do
  2. establishing wrong role for the pastor's family - should have a "no church" zone; frequently get away; ask for help if/when necessary (counseling)
  3. second rate worship experiences
  4. low quality children's ministry
  5. promoting talent over integrity
  6. clinging to bad location
  7. copying another successful church - instead know who God has called you to be
  8. favor discipline over reconciliation
  9. mixing ministry and business
  10. letting committees steer the ship
from Ten Stupid Things That Keep Churches from Growing
listened to a webcast on http://theshow.leadnet.org/
only discussed the first 3 on the webcast, though.

quote of the day

The paradoxical law of God's kingdom is that it is only when we give up what we clutch most desperately that we will receive it.
- David G. Benner, Desiring God's Will, p.41
There is no reason to feel guilty if you find it difficult to surrender to God’s will. Even Christ found it hard. He who knew the depth and dependability of the love of God better than any human also struggled to surrender to the demand of Love that he lay down his life. It seemed to be—and was—horribly unnatural. (p.41)

Monday, June 08, 2009

things I'm learning

Okay, I know some are wondering what's up with me, especially my peace with the major transitions that are happening at Truth Tabernacle of Praise.

Here are a few things I have been reminded of during this process as well as the last year or so. Hopefully you'll be encouraged, as I have been.

1. It's not MY church, it's God's church. If it's to be built, He will build it.
"I also say to you that you are Peter, and upon this rock I will build My church; and the gates of Hades will not overpower it." (Matt 16:18 NASB)

2. If He began it, He will complete it.
...being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. (Philippians 1:6 NIV)

3. I don't have to do everything.
And He gave some as apostles, and some as prophets, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service, to the building up of the body of Christ; (Eph 4:11-12 NASB)

4. The body has had enough time to learn (and has been taught) what it should be about, and we have now been given an opportunity for each member to put those things into practice.
I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only let us live up to what we have already attained. (Philippians 3:14-16 NIV)

5. I have really only one responsibility - faithfulness to my calling. Boy, does that take the pressure off for numbers, results, and success as most define it.
Moreover it is required in stewards that one be found faithful. (1 Cor 4:2 NKJV)

6. Stay humble.
He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? (Micah 6:8 NASB)

7. When all else fails...
Love never fails! (1 Cor 13:8 NASB)

Of course, that's not everything I've learned and am still learning, but those are a few of the things that free my heart and soul to rest during this season of my life. I pray that you will take comfort also.

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

rest

I've been resting very well the last few nights. :-)
“This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest;
and this is the refreshing” (Isaiah 28:12)


Why dost thou worry thyself? What use can thy fretting serve? Thou art on board a vessel which thou couldst not steer even if the great Captain put thee at the helm, of which thou couldst not so much as reef a sail, yet thou worriest as if thou wert captain and helmsman Oh, be quiet, God is Master!

Dost thou think that all this din and hurly-burly that is abroad betokens that God has left His throne?

No, man, His coursers rush furiously on, and His chariot is the storm; but there is a bit between their jaws, and He holds the reins, and guides them as He wills! Jehovah is Master yet; believe it; peace be unto thee! be not afraid.

— C. H. Spurgeon
(from "Streams in the Desert" - June 1)

Monday, June 01, 2009

who's your Daddy?

Daddy's driving...

...so I can go to sleep!

And I did rest incredibly well last night.

This will make sense to some and others will scratch their heads. If you want to know more, leave a comment. :-) You can also listen here, and I think it will make sense. If you need to you can skip to about the 15:30 mark and 17:00 mark and be blessed!